Discordance Axis - _The Inalienable Dreamless_
(Hydrahead, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (9.5 out of 10)
Mmmm... oh sorry, I'm supposed to be writing the review, aren't I? Well, I've been here for more than forty-five minutes trying to figure out how to get the sheer compacted musical brilliance and -brutality- of Discordance Axis over in words; the disc is spinning for the third time in a row and I'm still not sure I can put across quite how damn awesome and -addictive- this album truly is. The only reason I've listened to it in times equalling dozens rather than, I don't know, many -gross- this Summer is that it's been on a tape with the new Iron Maiden album. Try to imagine Brutal Truth, Dillinger Escape Plan and Drowning Man mixed together, with skin-slicing screams for vocals; take away the fretboard scaling and sincere quieten-downs (it seems DI's world is always distorted...) and replace it with an almost excessively direct approach, and you should have a rough approximation of what the searing twenty three minute / seventeen track ride of _The Inalienable Dreamless_ has in store. And it will quickly hook a seriously painful barb in your mouth, reel you in a bit, and mercilessly draw you struggling and drowning through its troubled waters time and time and time again. Mesmerising in its extremity, deeply affecting, shockingly brutal and loaded with insanely tight percussion fused with molten, grinding guitars and vocals, DI are headed for the top three of the year's best albums, and I'm not sure if the combined forces of Cryptopsy, Immolation and Napalm Death will be able to pull it down even a notch.

(article published 25/10/2000)

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